National Research Council Gives High-Stakes Testing an F. – A. Jahlen

Jehlen, Alain.  “National Research Council Gives High-Stakes Testing an F.”  NEA Today.  Retrieved from: http://neatoday.org/2011/07/18/national-research-council-gives-high-stakes-testing-an-f/ The report is on findings by the National Research Council/National Academies of Science which concluded that increased standardized tests under NCLB and also tying incentives to test scores result in the narrowing of curriculum and higher dropout rates.

The panel said attaching incentives or punishments (“high stakes”) to test scores pushes teachers to focus on the material that is tested, and leads them to leave out material or entire subjects that are not tested. “Current tests do not measure such important characteristics as creativity, curiosity, persistence, values, collaboration, and socialization,” they pointed out.

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